April/May 2013 - Vol. 67

Quotes to Live By
compiled by Myriam Torres
In the autumn of 2001 I embarked on a year of a much desired spiritual sabbatical. My goal was to engage more time in prayer, on retreats, on spiritual reading and study, and pilgrimage. I intended to meet God and draw near to him. I had no expectations of how much he would meet me as well. I should have known he would desire my year dedicated to him much more than I did. I was not disappointed. 

The following excerpts are taken from a compilation of quotes that I have been compiling since 2001. Many saints, those who have gone before us, and some still on this side of heaven, have more clearly conveyed the Word of God to me through these quotes. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103). I believe most of these quotes would appeal to Protestant,Catholic, and Orthodox readers. I hope you will find true inspiration in these quotes as much as I have.


The Christian who desires to follow Jesus carrying his cross must bear in mind that the name "Christian" means "learner or imitator of Christ" and that if he wishes to bear that noble title worthily he must above all do as Christ charges us in the Gospel: We must oppose or deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him.

– Anthony Mary Claret

Glory be to You, who laid your Cross as a bridge over death, that souls might pass over it from the dwelling of the dead to the dwelling of life!

– Ephraem the Syrian

Whoever doesn’t seek the Cross of Christ doesn’t seek the glory of Christ.

– John of the Cross

A man shows himself a true disciple of Christ by carrying the cross in his turn every day in the activity that he is called to perform.

– John Paul II

He who embraces the cross and bears it with patience lightens the weight of the cross. Indeed, the weight itself becomes a consolation; for God abounds with grace to all those who carry the cross with good will in order to please him.

– Alphonsus Liguori

The cross will not crush you; if its weight makes you stagger, its power will also sustain you.

– Padre Pio

Put a good bunch of grapes under the winepress, and a delicious juice will come out. Under the winepress of the cross, our soul produces a juice that feeds and strengthens us. When we haven’t got any crosses, we are dry. If we carry them with resignation, what happiness, what sweetness we feel!

– John Vianney

Dependence on God

Entrust the past to God's mercy, the present to his love, and the future to his providence.

– from Writings of Early Church Fathers

Do not be afraid to throw yourself on the Lord! He will not draw back and let you fall! Put your worries aside and throw yourself on him; He will welcome you and heal you.

– Augustine of Hippo

God is not a deceiver, that he should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon him, should slip away from us.

– Augustine of Hippo

Expect much of God, and he will do much for you.

– Bernard of Clairvaux

God never forgets [you]. He knows your needs. Show that you are generous in accepting whatever he may send you in the future. Nothing will happen to you without him knowing it.

– Andre Bessette

It is not a question of our equipment but of our poverty, not of what we bring with us, but of what God puts into us.

– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

My secret is that I need God - that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.

– Dennis Copeland

Have no fear for what tomorrow will bring. The same loving God who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

– Francis de Sales

It is we who need you, above anything in the world. You give yourself to us with such total generosity, that it might almost seem that you need us. There never was a king like this before!

– Ephraem the Syrian

My Jesus, if you uphold me, I shall not fall.

– Philip Neri

Entrust yourself entirely to God. He is a Father and a most loving Father at that, who would rather let heaven and earth collapse than abandon anyone who trusted in him.

– Paul of the Cross

The heart of God invites all to put it to the proof. The more he gives, the more he desires to give. He loves to see the trust which makes us persist in knocking unceasingly.

– Placid Riccardi

You pay God a compliment by asking great things of him.

– Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you; all things are passing; God never changes.

– Teresa of Avila

To be conscious of one's weakness and to trust in God's help is the way to authentic strength and victory.

– Alice von Hildebrand

Myriam Torres is a lay pastoral worker and founding member of Bethany Association, an ecumenical group of women living single for the Lord. She told her story with a little help from her friends. 

This article first appeared in the January 2013 Magazine issue of The Word Among Us. Used with permission.

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